Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville

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Occupying the grounds of the notorious Camp Sumter, a primary Confederate prison camp during the Civil War, Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum memorializes the horrific conditions of the soldiers held here. Perhaps one of the most inhumane prisons of the Civil War, the complex saw 13,000 of the 45,000 prisoners who passed through its gates die of disease, malnutrition, or dehydration. You can visit the site--home to monuments, a cemetery, and an outline of the prison grounds themselves--via a self-guided driving tour of the area. Be sure to stop by the museum to see exhibits and displays paying tribute to and detailing the lives, experiences, and survival of U.S. prisoners of war throughout history. Use our Andersonville travel itinerary planner to visit Andersonville National Historic Site and National Prisoner of War Museum on your trip to Andersonville, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The town itself population of around 300; is 12 miles north of Americus GA and 11 miles south of Montezuma GA on Hwy 49. A very interesting and friendly small town to visit and relax. The entrance to ...  read more »
  • Beautiful, somber experience. We did a quick drive-through and are already planning on going back to walk the site and fully appreciate the history of the area. 
  • We found The Andersonville Historic Site to be a very interesting trip. I can say that I learned a lot from our visit there. We had initially decided to visit because my husband researches genealogy, ...  read more »
  • I have been here many times to conduct military funeral honors and their staff has always been fully helpful in assisting us in any way we need. The site is beautiful and a very good reminder of the men and women who served for our country. If you get the chance I would most certainly recommend you take the time to visit it.
  • Wife and I are civil war buffs, this has been on our list of must see places for some time. Glad we finally visited. Much history here. Amazing what all happened at this location. We took the drive tour with the audio cd. Highly recommended.
  • While this is an excellent park, it might not be for the younger crowd. The park entails the Andersonville Civil War POW stockade. The camp was a disaster of overcrowding, poor design, and was a horrible mark for both sides at the closing time of the Civil War. The attached cemetery is active and there are frequent funerals on site. The Grounds also contain the National POW museum with excellent exhibits about how armies have treated POW's over the years. It is likened to visiting the Battlefield at Gettysburg this is hallowed ground.
  • Gday . Well worth the trip from australia . Great pow memorial. Ex serviceman myself .very moving place . .and we had the nicest southern lunch in andersonville at the little cafe there . Could live there anyday . Great hospitality .
  • The conditions of the grounds demonstrated the budget cuts that are impacting our national parks and historic sites. While the cemetery is somewhat maintained the POW encampment and the area around the museum area is mostly weeds and ant hills. This makes walking around the area difficult and even dangerous, if you have ever stepped into a fire-ant mound you know what I mean. The historic aspect of the museum, displaying the POW experience, is very enlightening and demonstrates the horrors and futility of war.
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